Culture – Overview


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What information can I find here?

Culture statistics for the EU are not collected by a single stand-alone survey, but come from different Eurostat data collections. Culture statistics concern both social and economic aspects. Data available in this section cover the following topics:

  • Cultural employment;
  • Characteristics and performance of enterprises engaged in cultural economic activities & sold production of cultural goods;
  • International trade in cultural goods;
  • International trade in cultural services;
  • Cultural participation (practice and attendance) and culture in cities (such as satisfaction with cultural facilities of cities' residents and 'cultural infrastructure');
  • Private (household) expenditure on cultural goods and services;
  • Price index of cultural goods and services;
  • Public (government) expenditure on culture. 

For more detailed information on the data and indicators covered by these topics, please see the page 'Information on data' in this section.

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